How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds is for anyone who admires French-inspired country style yet prefers to not take out a second mortgage! While we know authenticity can be everything and how antiques provide the soul of a home, we also know high and low can play nice in the mix. These affordable options below will set you up for success for some of the low.
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How to Frugally Decorate With 50 Rustic French Farmhouse Decor Finds
Wondering why I even bother to take on the challenge of exploring how to inexpensively collect pieces to get this laid back Euro-country inspired look?
1. Rattan Baskets
First, the frugal part: seems I have always had an AMAZING knack for stretching a dollar.
2. Whimsical Console Table
3. Rustic Galvanized Planters
Here’s a story about how a $10 steel cart became a staple in our tranquil European inspired kitchen.
4. Coir Doormat
Being thrifty naturally flows from living poor while loving the refined and rustic aspects of designing a room.
5. Functional Decor in the Kitchen
There is often a fair amount of patience involved when the budget is tight, and you’re hunting for a particular object or design look.
Yet there is also a need to make quick decisions when something of value catches your attention.
Only Looks Expensive Religious-related
Inexpensive Woven Pillow
Clean Scrubbed or Distressed Look
Sunny & Gold
Tabletop Pretty Things
Weathered, Chippy& Rustic Home Decor
In Case You Love White
The French Like Their Dogs!
Vintage Style Plus Rustic Charm
Here’s one of the most important things I have learned.
It’s only decor…it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them.
Stripes & Linen
Sometimes we’ll overspend on the wrong thing or pass up a deal that will haunt you forever…let both of those missteps go as soon as possible.
Begin again as a more experienced curator!
French Country Blues & Greens
You have to admit that a limited budget frequently leads to unexpected creative adventures and a more innovative design result.
For example, I would love a pretty grasscloth wall covering for a guest bedroom I need to address. But I have to think about budget because we have already spent a hunk of change on this fixer upper and do not plan on being here forever.
A Favorite Thrifty & Slender Side Table
Even though a grasscloth wallcovering would be beautiful, I’m thinking about more unique ideas for a statement wall in that bedroom.
(Someone saw my photo on FB and let me know French script is soooooo five minutes ago, and I say: WRONG. Timeless is timeless, so haters, be gone.)
Outdoorsy Finds To Bring Inside
Speaking of outdoorsy, I loved this sweetly simple glimpse of a romantic little patio to enjoy (and watch an outdoor movie!):
Once you understand more about the spirit, philosophies, and essential underpinnings of French style or European inspired interiors, you develop a sense of what to lean into and what to avoid.
Rustic Galvanized Pedestals
You begin to think more in terms of artful pieces that speak to you and function rather than trappings to simply fill in a blank space.
Topiaries & Boxwood
Years ago, I was chatting with a new neighbor and mentioned that I loved to decorate. She said, “Me too! Every few months, I’ll buy another Longaberger basket…”
That was the full extent of what decorating meant to her–buying one basket after the other to fill spaces.
In Search of a Pretty Pouf…
For me, the beauty of the decor is often tied to adjectives such as: understated, quiet, faded, organic, raw, natural and honest.
Is every piece here imbued with those qualities? Probably not. (Especially when the first word in the description is ‘faux.’)
But sometimes it can be okay to begin with inferior pieces to inject a bit of the flavor or color before upgrading down the line.
Another option few folks seem to consider is customizing an “almost perfect” find to enhance or correct its color.
If a piece has the simple lines you’re after and is the right proportion but comes with a funky finish, consider making it one of a kind with a tweak or two.
Hand-finished pieces are often far more attractive than factory finishes, and the hands finishing a piece can be yours!
Noticed how I still haven’t written a sentence like ‘the three things you MUST have in a French farmhouse room…?’ Just can’t bring myself to go there.
There are exceptionally talented designers who insist every room must have something black in it.
French Bee Loveliness
Another expert will say if there’s nothing whimsical in a space, you’ve failed.
You’ll find a range of opinions from decorating pros, and the truth is, I have been in gorgeous homes where black is too austere for the owner so it is missing yet I don’t miss it.
Let’s Get Whimsical
I have spent time in spaces with deep charcoal grey tone on tone decor where I felt completely at rest.
I encourage you to take risks and allow yourself time to interpret the decor style you admire in your own imperfect way.
Imperfect interiors are a European inspired thing!
The process will likely involve:
enlisting a pro or a friend,
trial and error,
lots of shopping and returning items that don’t work,
clearing out a room before layering,
and of course,
spending as much time in Hello Lovely’s archives as humanly possible (it’s still completely free content with zero calories).
Did you miss the story with design inspiration from backyard sheds? It’s full of beautiful inspiration to get lost in!
Peace to you right where you are.
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